External Affairs Minister Sarah Flood-Beaubrun has said she wants swift justice for 33-year-old Saadia Byron, a Laborie resident who was murdered and buried in a shallow grave near her home.
So far, no one has been charged for the crime, although two are in police custody for questioning in relation to her death.
The minister said that the responsible perpetrator/s should feel the full brunt of the law. She called on citizens to play their part to help solve this murder and ultimately help to keep Saint Lucia safe.
“What is important is that this person or persons need to be found, [they] need to be hounded where they are hiding and be brought to justice. They must feel the full weight of the law descending upon them and I think it is the responsibility of every Saint Lucian citizen to do what we have to do to find the perpetrators of this incident. Somebody must know something. Somebody must have heard about something and police cannot solve crimes unless they get assistance. Of course, the government needs to provide the Royal St. Lucia Police Force with every support it needs. I am confident that will happen,” she said.
The minister took the opportunity to condemn violence against women in society.
“Men are physically stronger than women, it’s a fact. And I was thinking to myself that the only reason why this man got away with this is that his victim couldn’t fight him off because I’m sure she would have put up a good fight. Biologically men are stronger than women… For men to use their physical strength which was given to them by God to protect women…defend them and fend for them… to violate women in such a heinous way, I think there is a lot coming for men who do that,” she said.
“We can’t bring Saadia back unfortunately, but we can make sure that our communities are safer by finding criminals and dealing with them in the appropriate way in accordance with the law,” Flood-Beaubrun said.
Byron was a mother of three children.